Supreme Court blocks Texas law designed to stop social media censorship

The Supreme Court has ruled to block a Texas law designed to stop social media censorship.

The Tuesday ruling came in a surprising 5-4 vote that included multiple conservative justices in support.

The dissent

“While I can understand the Court’s apparent desire to delay enforcement of HB20 while the appeal is pending, the preliminary injunction entered by the District Court was itself a significant intrusion on state sovereignty, and Texas should not be required to seek preclearance from the federal courts before its laws go into effect,” Alito wrote in his dissent against the ruling.

“The Court of Appeals, after briefing and oral argument, concluded that the District Court’s order should be stayed, and a decision on the merits can be expected in the near future. I would not disturb the Court of Appeals’ informed judgment about applicants’ entitlement to a stay,” he added.

What’s next?

“In December, a federal judge had previously granted a preliminary injunction against the proposed law, which would prevent Big Tech giants like Twitter and Facebook from blocking content or banning users based on political viewpoints,” The Daily Wire reported.

Florida also passed a similar ruling that was blocked by the courts. The efforts to regulate social media censorship could lead to future changes regarding how such companies operate.

Tesla CEO Elon Musk recently decided to act by offering to buy Twitter, hoping to expand freedom of speech on the platform.

The new ruling may only be temporary as the case remains ongoing.

If the case moves forward, the nation’s top court could face the law again in a Supreme Court battle over one of top censorship issues of our time.

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